Creative Thinking

The creative thinking competency involves the generation of new ideas and concepts that have value to the individual or others, and the development of these ideas and concepts from thought to reality. The Creative Thinking Competency Profiles have been developed by BC teachers based on students’ work. The creative thinking competency review draft consists of two elements:

Creative Thinking Competency Profiles (PDF)
present an overview and the set of profiles. The overview provides background about the creative thinking competency and includes a description of its facets. The set of profiles are descriptions of students as they progress to sophisticated stages of competency. The profiles are written from the student’s point of view, reflecting student ownership and responsibility for demonstrating the competencies.

Download the Creative Thinking Competency Profiles in English or French

 

Creative Thinking Competency Illustrations

The illustrations offer examples of ways in which students from diverse backgrounds and communities can demonstrate the creative thinking competency.

Competency Illustrations

Profile Title Context Facets
1 Story workshop with Provocations

In this storybook workshop, children generated ideas by choosing a provocation that had been set out by the teacher.

Novelty and value, Generating ideas
1 Plasticine Story Props and Puppets This student has been working with Plasticine for over a month and shows no waning of interest. Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas
1 Personnages uniques : « Slam dunk »

Après avoir lu plusieurs albums et exploré la notion de personnage, les élèves ont étudié les composantes d’un récit selon les préceptes de la ressource « Le récit en 3D ». Dans ce projet,

Innovation et valeur, Génération d’idées, Développement d’idées
1 Personnages uniques : Princesse fée des neiges

Après avoir lu plusieurs albums et exploré la notion de personnage, les élèves ont étudié les composantes d’un récit selon les préceptes de la ressource « Le récit en 3D ». Dans ce projet,

Innovation et valeur, Génération d’idées, Développement d’idées
1 Personnages uniques : M. Diamant

Après avoir lu plusieurs albums et exploré la notion de personnage, les élèves ont étudié les composantes d’un récit selon les préceptes de la ressource « Le récit en 3D ». Dans ce projet,

Innovation et valeur, Génération d’idées, Développement d’idées
1 Free Play with Stacking Blocks A girl came up to the teacher and asked her if she would like some "jello" she had made with stacking blocks. Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas
1 Exploring SMART Notebook

Students were given time for free exploration with the tool SMART notebook, and allowed to create anything they chose.

Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas
1 Building Block Tower

A child was building a tower with building blocks and explaining what she was doing. The idea of adding houses was an imitation of something she had seen her older cousin do.

Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas
1 Building a Structure for Toy Animals This boy and girl were playing with the small animals in the block centre. Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas
2 “Steal” a Story The teacher gave an English class the following assignment: Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas
2 “Not a Box” Class Book

After reading the book Not a Box by Antoinette Porti

Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas
2 What Can You Create With a Magnet?

After a lesson based on the story, Not a Stick, the class had a discussion about the one student’s project that was both innovative and useful (the fire maker).

Novelty and value, Developing ideas
2 The Kitchen Pantry Parkade

A child decided to use the pantry in the kitchen centre as a parkade for all the toy cars and trucks from another centre.

Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas
2 Response to “Chalk”

This lesson was based on the wordless picture book Chalk by Bill Thomas. In the story, everything that the children draw with magic chalk comes to life including a gigantic dinosaur.

Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas
2 Plant Tag Bookmarks A student was reluctant to throw away or even recycle plastic plant tags because she remembered that much earlier in the year, the class had been talking about reusing. Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas
2 Medicine Making

In a joint outdoor education project with three other classes (about 85 students), Aboriginal elders shared their knowledge of traditional medicines based on local plants.

Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas
2 Mash-up poem based on Jack Prelutsky’s “Stardines” A class was asked to make mash-up poems based on Jack Prelutsky’s Stardines. Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas
2 Lego Creations This class was engaged in exploring 3D shapes as part of the Mathematics curriculum. The teacher gave them the story Changes, Changes by Pat Hutchin. Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas
2 Hundreds Chart

Over the course of the year, students this class had opportunities to develop and share their mathematical thinking and strategies in response to different problems.

Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas
2 Fruit and Vegetable Sculptures in the Style of Arcimboldo

As part of a science unit on fruits and vegetables and the different kinds of plants that produce them, the teacher presented a slide show on the work of Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo who crea

Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas
2 De mystérieux manuscrits

Les échantillons ont été produits lors d’une unité d’histoire portant sur les systèmes d’écriture anciens.

Innovation et valeur, Génération d’idées, Développement d’idées
2 Comment aider un éléphant?

En guise d’introduction, l’enseignante a présenté à la classe les premières images d’une histoire.

Innovation et valeur, Génération d’idées, Développement d’idées
2 Chapeaux d’anniversaire

À chaque matin, les élèves sont invités à travailler avec une grande variété de matériaux, choisis spontanément lors de la période de loisirs créatifs.

Innovation et valeur, Génération d’idées, Développement d’idées
3 “Not a Stick” Sticks

After reading the story, Not A Stick by Antoinette Portis, students asked to turn a stick into something new and innovative.

Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas
3 Underground Mine

This student had drawn a detailed picture of a mine that he wanted to share with the class.

Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas
3 Santa Vending Machine

A class was planning a secret Santa exchange.

Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas
3 Running Water for a Model House

This student made a model of a house for a Science Fair project and applied his knowledge of circuitry from Science to put in lighting.

Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas
3 Making Own Robot Students were encouraged to choose topics for projects based on their own interests. This student chose robots. He spent the first part of the project doing Internet research - How are robots used? Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas
3 Genius Hour

In this classroom, an hour a week is set aside as “Genius Hour”, a time when students can pursue their own interests by working on projects of their own choosing.

Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas
3 Duct Tape Wallets

This student learned to make duct tape wallets from YouTube videos and has pursued this new interest with considerable tenacity.

Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas
3 Design for a Working Crane Students in a Technology Education class were asked to construct a functioning model construction crane like the ones dominating the skyline in their community. Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas
4 Spoken Word Poetry

At the end of a poetry unit, students were asked to write and perform a spoken word poem. It could be on any topic. Afterwards, they were asked to reflect on their creative process.

Novelty and value, Developing ideas
4 Speakers’ Corner Rant Students in an English class were given the following assignment: Novelty and value
4 Political Cartoon A Humanities class worked on determining the different perspectives of various stakeholder groups on the banning of all shark fin products in their city. Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas
4 Found Poem Based on the Story Fear Students were asked to do found poems based on the story Fear. Novelty and value
4 Essay about a Poem Students in an English class were asked to write group essays on a poem of their choice and then to reflect on their creative thinking. Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas
4 Dance ‘Poem’ to Describe Happiness Students in an English Language Arts class had been reading, writing and discussing the concept of happiness. Their final task was to write a poem to describe happiness.  Novelty and value, Developing ideas